Butterfly Legend (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
you, I have no idea what was going on in this movie, but here's what I
think it was about.
An attractive 30-something woman is married to an older man who tends to control her life while he stays emotionally distant and more interested in his business than in her. We find that she was raised in a convent, and was a 19 year old virgin when they got married. She is starting to experience a sexual awakening, and this awakening triggers a repressed childhood memory of a violent sexual scene she once witnessed.
At about this same time, the couple buys their oldest daughter a dollhouse, and a sexy guy comes to the house to deliver it and set it up. They also attend a party during which the sexy stranger sees her looking at her father's butterfly collection. Or maybe she just dreamed this.
Then a great tragedy occurs. The oldest daughter is lost at sea in a boating accident, and is never found. The wife blames herself for not supervising the sailing trip better, but also blames her husband for not accompanying them. He begged off at the last minute to make a big business deal, so he experiences the same guilt-and-blame cycle in his own mind.
|This trauma causes the woman's childhood memory to come to the surface, in both her conscious life and in dreams. The childhood memory involves a sexy stranger and a country house. In her mind, the dollhouse becomes the house in her childhood memory, and the sexy dollhouse installer becomes the sexual stranger in her memory. The butterfly collection spurs further memories, since she was hunting butterflies when she chanced upon the country house.||
intermingle with fantasies until neither she nor the moviegoer have
any idea what is real and what is imaginary. She seems to have a need
to re-enact the incident she witnessed when she was a girl, and she
therefore has passionate sex on a table with the dollhouse dude. I
guess this was imaginary, but the husband subsequently finds her
topless on a table, in a state of shock.
The husband covers her and says that she must stop living in a dollhouse.
Whatever the hell that means.
The friggin' end.
I guess it's all a psychological drama, with the entire affair taking place in her head as a result of her awakening sexuality and her daughter's tragic death. Frankly, I don't care. It wasn't such a masterwork that we need to participate in detailed exegesis.
In fact, this movie was shot in a week, while the male star, Robert Cuccioli, took a brief break from his stage role as Jekyll and Hyde. Although shot in only seven days, it has the production values of a film which took nine or even ten days. The film is narrated at the beginning and end with some seriously cornball crap, like "the wind blows our lives around like dust in the infinite universe, and we never hear the howling, and in a way our universe is that dollhouse". In other words, it's basically about a week's episodes of Days of Our Lives strung together into a single movie, except they go outside more in this movie than in a soap opera.
|The movie stars former
child star Roxana Zal, who now looks like a hybrid between Fairuza
Balk and Minnie Driver.
Zal was OK, but avoid the film at all costs.
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